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Department of English

president's medalist primavera leal martinez on stage at commencement

Welcome to the Department of English

Students who study English and Creative Writing at Fresno State explore the power of language and literature around the world. Students in our programs learn to write well in small, collaborative communities where students and instructors work together to analyze, apply, and construct meaning with a wide range of texts and for a variety of professional purposes.

English faculty with students of distinction

Connect with Faculty and Staff

Our faculty and staff specialize in a wide range of research, writing, teaching, publishing, and arts administration.

Meet Your Mentors

Student in writing center

First-Year Writing Requirement

Our department serves all Fresno State students with innovative, foundational courses in critical thinking and college writing.

Elevate Your Writing

MFA students in Levine reading room

MFA Creative Writing Program

Our Master of Fine Arts program has produced 21 debut authors in the past seven years, keeping Fresno the world's poetry capital.

Get Your MFA

Contact Us

For specific questions, please contact the department office. For general questions, email the office staff.

Department Chair

Dr. Melanie Hernandez

Admin Coordinator

Lisa Galvez


Department of English
Fresno State
5245 N. Backer Ave., PB98
Fresno, CA 93740-8001


Call - 559.278.2553


Peters Business Building
Room 382